Minutes for October 15, 2020  



President:                        Vernon Lamb         (870) 886-6669        

Vice-President:               Lonnie Perry          (870) 895-2771

Secretary /Treasurer     Jacque English       (870) 856-4987


Meeting was called to order 6:40 p.m. by Vernon Lamb at the Hardy Civic Center  in Hardy, AR.  We had 30 in attendance: 23 members, 7 guests.

Lonnie Perry  gave opening prayer. 


Treasurer Report

FNBC Checking - $322.39


Memberships – 42 paid members.  All annual dues are from January to January.   Help your club and renew.


Meeting Minutes

Minutes from September 17, 2020 were accepted as read.  Vernon Lamb motioned and Wallene Fraizier  seconded - all approved. 


Activity Report:


1)      Our New members and guests introduced themselves. Guest speaker was Laura McNerey that spoke on cultivating mushrooms.

2)      We are selling raffle tickets for the raffle of Bee lap quilt that William Kaelber made.   Tickets will be available November and December.  Drawing will be in December at the Christmas Party.  Price for tickets will be:  $1.00 a ticket or 6 tickets for $5.00.  The size of lap quilt is 49 x 35 inches; Queen Bee is a foot long.  Very nicely done.  Thank you William for the donation.

3)       Jacque showed a small you tube video from Bee Nectar - Genius Lid.  It can be viewed here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z41mruO8H94   She and Marty bought one and brought it for folks to see.

4)      Andy and Bronna brought some Huckleberry Honey for folks to sample.  It was sweet like a syrup.  It was very delicious.  The Birdsell's were also featured in Arkansas Living April 2020 edition on their dairy farm.  See article at end of minutes.

5)      Andy (at a previous meeting) spoke on a video he saw from Paul Stamets “Action on the Bee Crisis”.  We watched it (very interesting) Here  is the link to the video   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZPkCozuqM8&feature=youtu.be

·         Our guest speaker was Laura McNerey , who cultivates mushrooms, talked about the different kinds and ways to start your own mushrooms for yourself and the bee population health. 

·         Here is a site I found that covered a lot of the mushrooms she spoke on.   https://morningchores.com/mushroom-farming/   Which mushrooms like the ground, uses plug holes, shade or sun, etc.

·         Mushrooms that heals nature (trees) , humans of cancer, and bees become more healthy. 

·         The time to start planting mushrooms in NOW - in the fall  You should see mushrooms by next spring. 

·         Do not grow in house, use a separate building.

·         Paul Stamets has a patent that can be read here "Integrative fungal solutions for protecting bees"  https://patents.google.com/patent/WO2015138361A1/en

·         For Arkansas native mushrooms, they are https://onlyinark.com/culture/mushroom-foraging/    

·         Facebook page of the Arkansas Mushrooms and Fungi -  https://www.facebook.com/groups/1478737049005422

6)       Video of meeting can be found here.  http://5rbc.net/Movies/10152020mm.mp4

Bee Calendar : Thanks to UAEX.edu

Meeting was adjourned at 7:45 p.m.

Next Meeting: 19 November 2020 @6:30 PM

Place:  Hardy Civic Center – Main Street – (across from Bill’s Cash Saver)

Minutes submitted by Jacque English